How can I reuse or recycle teddy bears and other soft toys?
We’ve had an email from Gillian, asking:
how can i recycle my children’s old teddy bears? i don’t have the heart to chuck them in the land fill. any suggestions?
As a previous owner of a large collection of stuffed toy cats, dogs, bunnies and seals, I can understand the reluctance to throw them away.
If they’re in good condition, I’d be tempted to bung them through the wash then give them away to a charity shop or a refuge for another child to enjoy – but they might not be accepted for re-sale/re-distribution if they’ve been loved a little too much in the past.
How about stripping them down for parts instead? Eyes, stuffing and bits of interesting fabric/fur are always welcome additions to a craft collection – but it might feel a little bit like an autopsy ;)
Any other suggestions?
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